Athletic Training Major (B.S.)

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Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by athletic trainers are comprised of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The athletic training major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and prepares professionals qualified to attend to the athlete, the fitness-conscious runner, the skilled professional athlete, or anyone engaged in physical activity.

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in all KIN-required courses and BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

Students gain clinical experience within the UNH Department of Athletics, at local high schools, and at off-campus clinical sites. Successful completion of the entire program, including supervised clinical experience, qualifies students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) certification exam. Students who wish to pursue both BOC certification and public school teacher certification should also explore the Department of Kinesiology health and physical education major. This double course of study will require between five and six years.

Students are admitted to the UNH athletic training major with conditional status. Specific competitive criteria must be met during the student's first year before he or she may apply for full-time status in the major, which is awarded only to students demonstrating exemplary performance in classes and directed observation. Detailed criteria may be found at https://chhs.unh.edu/kin_at/earning-full-time-status. Additionally, athletic training major technical standards establish the qualities considered necessary for students to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies associated with the program. Candidates for full-time status will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they can meet them, with reasonable accommodation. Interested students should consult with program coordinator, Dan Sedory, regarding entry criteria and the technical standards.

Students in athletic training complete KIN 718 Career Preparation in Athletic Training, as the capstone course for the major. This course is designed to provide students with a means to integrate and augment concepts, skills, and knowledge gained in all previously completed major course requirements. Prerequisites include KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training, sections A-D.

Major Requirements

BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
KIN 506Concepts of Athletic Training for the Professional4
KIN 507Concepts of Athletic Training Lab1
KIN 585Emergency Medical Responder4
KIN 620Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 652Clinical Kinesiology4
KIN 658Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury I4
KIN 658LEvaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury I Lab1
KIN 659Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury II4
KIN 659LEvaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury II Lab1
KIN 660Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training4
KIN 661Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training Laboratory1
KIN 662Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training4
KIN 663Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training Laboratory1
KIN 665Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training 110
KIN 667Pharmacology for Athletic Training2
KIN 668Ergogenic Aids in Sports2
KIN 670General Medical Conditions in Athletics4
KIN 710Organization and Administration of Athletic Training Programs4
KIN 715Seminar in Athletic Training4
KIN 718Career Preparation in Athletic Training4
KIN 780Psychological Factors in Sport4
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
Statistics Course4
Total Credits91
1

Must complete five sections of KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training, sections: A, B, C, D, E, 2 credits each. Sections must be completed in a specified sequence, see Degree Plan.

Recommended Major Sequencing of Courses

This list only includes major classes. Students should be registered for, and taking an average of 16 credits per semester to be ‘on track’ to graduate in 4 years. In most semesters, this means a student will be taking Discovery or elective course, to meet this 16 credit ‘load’.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
KIN 406 Intro to Athletic Training 1
KIN 585 Emergency Medical Responder 4
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
KIN 506 Concepts of Athletic Training for the Professional 4
KIN 507 Concepts of Athletic Training Lab 1
Inquiry Course 4
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
KIN 658 Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury I 4
KIN 658L Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury I Lab 1
KIN 662 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training 4
KIN 663 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training Laboratory 1
KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training(665A) 1 2
 Credits12
Spring
KIN 652 Clinical Kinesiology 4
KIN 659 Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury II 4
KIN 659L Evaluation and Care of Athletic Training Injury II Lab 1
KIN 660 Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training 4
KIN 661 Therapeutic Exercise in Athletic Training Laboratory 1
KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training(665B) 1 2
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
KIN 620 Physiology of Exercise 4
KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training(665C) 1 2
KIN 667 Pharmacology for Athletic Training 2
KIN 668 Ergogenic Aids in Sports 2
KIN 710 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training Programs 4
 Credits14
Spring
KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training(665D) 1 2
KIN 670 General Medical Conditions in Athletics 4
KIN 715 Seminar in Athletic Training 4
Statistics 4
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall
KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training(665E) 1 2
KIN 718 Career Preparation in Athletic Training 4
KIN 780 Psychological Factors in Sport 4
 Credits10
Spring
Electives 3 16
 Credits16
 Total Credits116
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KIN 665 Laboratory Practicum in Athletic Training
The five sections (A-E) of this course serve many purposes, but the two main goals are to provide the students with athletic training clinical experiences to (1) learn and build foundational behaviors of professional practice and (2) synthesize and integrate their knowledge, skill and clinical decision-making into actual patient care. As such, the five sections represent a continuum of learning, skill and experience acquisition that occur over the five semesters of this course.

An integral part of this sequential learning is based on the fact that the student is normally taking certain athletic training classes prior to or concurrently with certain sections of KIN 665, so that the student has a specific, defined knowledge-base available to apply while in each section. When a student takes a laboratory practicum ‘out-of-sequence’ they may be expected to apply skills or asked for knowledge they have not yet learned in a class or lab.  It is critical for the safety of the patients the student is interacting with that students MUST take the laboratory practicums in sequential order (A-E) based on the prerequisites noted in the course description.

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KIN 718 Career Preparation in Athletic Training, is the capstone course. As required by the University’s Discovery Program, this course is designated as the “Capstone Experience” for the Major. To meet the standards and conditions of the Discovery Program as the Capstone Experience, it is the last required Athletic Training Major course. Following the criteria of the UNH Academic Affairs Committee, the course provides a student with the means to integrate and augment concepts, skills, and knowledge gained in all previous courses.

3

A student taking an average of 16 credits per semester will still need to return to UNH for the Spring Semester of their Senior Year to complete the final 16 credits needed to earn the 128 credits required for graduation.

As there are no athletic training classes or clinical experiences required during this semester, the student can concentrate their efforts and energies on studying for the Board of Certification Exam during this semester in preparation for becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer and entering the profession – many students take the Exam in January/February or April during this Spring Semester.